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Sky View Observatory

701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
206-386-5564
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Ranked #3 of 211 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Tremendous 360 degree views of Mt. Rainier, downtown, the Olympics, Puget Sound, the Needle, everything. Tripod photography is allowed as long as you're polite and it's not crowded, which it seldom is. The deck itself is nice, with infographics detailing contruction and Seattle miscellanea. My only caveat would be on rainy and cloudy days it may not be as impressive,... More

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Ontario
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

What a great way to see a panoramic,almost 360 degree view of the area. No line up like the Space Needle, and very reasonable charge. We really enjoyed all the information and extras that are provided to make the most of the experience.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Towers and the lure of panoramic views attract people like moths to lights. This one is no different and it's history and origins are intriguing. A little dated, and with limited interpretation and information on the 'top deck', the tower is still a worthwhile experience with attentive staff and good shopping and catering facilities. Tip: go earlier on a weekday... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you want to really see the city this is the place to go. Nice walk from Pikes Market. You can see the mountains the islands the 2nd tallest building in the North West.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The tower has Seattle’s tallest observatory. The cost: $12.50 pp, that’s $20 cheaper than the observation deck at the space needle! Plus you can get the Needle in your photos which helps people know what city you're in. The view is 360 degrees so you can see all the way to the Bellevue skyline. I take all out of town... More

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Seattle, Washington
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My grandson 7 years old loved this experience! He enjoyed looking down at all the boats, cars, people and other buildings. He kept telling me that he saw Geico, but I did not know of any Geico Building. Finally it dawned on me that what he saw was a Geico banner being towed by an airplane off in the distance.... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

One of our first stops in Seattle, we enjoyed the panoramic views of the city that rivals the ones we saw from the Space Needle at about 1/2 the price. I don't regret doing both.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Do you want to be awed?? Then come here (don't go to the Space Needle). I can't say enough about the views!!

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Cannes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The top of Columbia Tower has a fantastic 360 degree view of Seattle. It is higher than the Space Needle and less expensive. If you are at Pikes Market or even downtown it is quite a hike....uphill all the way! The view is worth it!

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My wife and I went to the Sky View observation deck on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle on a Saturday. The view is awesome - especially on a mostly clear day. It's definitely woth the trip. The parking can be sometimes nasty, but going on Saturday meant there was plenty of parking in the building's... More

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